Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6Developing Social Skills Most children do not start Kindergarten with good social skills; these take time and practice. Provide social opportunities Set up play dates with classmates, and look for social opportunities with family and friends. Try to let children settle their own differences, but stay within earshot so you can model prob- lem solving behavior if needed. “What would happen if you took turns playing with that toy?” Encourage your child to use words Teach your kindergartener how to express his/her sad feelings with words. Role-play situations your child may encounter at school. “Let’s practice what you’ll say to Carly the next time she takes your crayons.” Teach positive social behavior Play games. Games help children learn how to take turns—and how to win and lose. Be a good role model. If your child sees you being friendly and treating others with respect, he/she is likely to do the same. Praise your child when you see him/her using good social skills.